Where the runway meets the street

Art Comes First entered the scene with a fresh point of view. They called it “sartorial alchemy,” and it allowed those of us interested in conceptual fashion, art and design to appreciate clothing on a level that went beyond the superficial.

This season the label introduced its second “Avec Ces Freres” (with these brothers) collection, which, like the past assortment focused on travel friendly tailored clothing. This time around the collection inspiration came from a legendary source: Jagama Kello. The Ethiopian-born patriot, at the tender age of 15, defied Mussolini’s invasion of his home country. ACF’s founders, Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh, were particularly drawn to a portrait of Kello in his youth. The future Lieutenant General is pictured sitting rigidly and gazing ahead with intense focus, creating a subtle sense of nobility and youthful awareness.

His bearing in turn inspired the S.U.I.T. (smart uniform impeccably tailored) aspect of the collection, which combines modern tailoring with classic staples. The combination gives the pieces a hybrid sort smartness that seems to fit any and every aspect of work and play with little effort. We’re particularly fond of the pebbled leather jacket; it manages to be refined and edgy simultaneously, and we can easily see it working for men or women.

Visit the duo’s website to keep an eye out for new developments.

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